We know gardening is good for all ages, but how do we spark our children’s interest? Usually kids plus dirt equals disaster, but in this case, it could very well be what is needed to encourage a life-long love of gardening. What are some strategies to get our children interested, and how can we inspire them to join us in the garden?
Here are some ideas:
1. Keep It Simple
To kindle your children’s interest in gardening, start in the kitchen. Let the children pick and taste fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. Involve them in planning meals and going grocery shopping. By preparing food, they will become more interested in the process of growing it. Make smoothies and let the children taste the flavors of combined fruits and veggies.
2. Give Children their Own Garden Space
You can create gardens for year-round enjoyment. You can start plants indoors, or even grow plants in your home throughout the winter. Involve children in the planting of the garden. Have a list of crops, especially fast-growing ones, for the children from which to choose. Radishes are a good choice